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Longines Global Champions Tour of Shanghai 

Belgian rider Pieter Devos was the winner of the inaugural Longines Global Champions Tour of Shanghai Grand Prix. Silver medal position went to Edwina Tops-Alexander (Australia) and Bronze to Michel Hecart (France). On Sunday, French rider Kevin Staut and two Qatari riders took the honours in the Hua Tai-Pinebridge Shangai Cup, with a fantastic jump-off.

Pieter Devos’ performance was described as ‘inspiring’ by the newly-converted show jumping fans who have flocked to the event here in Shanghai.
The first round was a tough and demanding course set by Uliano Vezzani, with no real 'bogey' fences, but the technical lines and tricky distances. Of the 18 riders through to the second round, eleven carried zero penalties with seven going through on four faults.

Peter Devos
Peter Devos on Dream of India Greenfield. © Stefano Grasso/Longines Global Champions Tour

The second round saw just five double clears. Once again tough distances and awkward lines caused many to lower a rail, but the crowd cheered loudly after every clean round. Belgian rider Pieter Devos with Dream of India Greenfield rode the round of his life, taking chances at every turn to produce a winning time of 42.48s. Edwina Tops-Alexander with Old Chap Tame stopped the clock at 43.12s. to take second place, and Frenchman Michel Hecart, still in fantastic form at 60, also rode clear to take third place with Pasha du Gué at 45.40s.
World Championship medallist Abdullah al Sharbatly could not clear the laste fence and finshed in fourth.

The HuaTai-Pinebridge Shanghai Cup

On Sunday, the world-class riders gave another wonderful display of horsemanship to the enthusiastic Chinese crowd.

Kévin Staut
Kévin Staut on Od d’Eole. © Stefano Grasso/Longines Global Champions Tour

During the first round, errors were concentrated through the tricky combination distances in the middle and the end of the course. Of the the 31 starters, twelve made it through to the tight and twisty jump-off round. Only six of them jumped double clears. 2009 European Champion Kevin Staut (FRA) and Oh d'Eole took first place.

Bassem Hassan Mohammed
Sheikh Ali Al Thani
Bassem Hassan Mohammed on Primeval Dejavu and Sheikh Ali Al Thani on Vienne Olympic.
© Stefano Grasso/Longines Global Champions Tour

Qatar’s star riders Bassem Hassan Mohammed with Primeval Dejavu and Sheikh Ali bin Khalid Al Thani with Vienna Olympic put in personal best performances to finish 2nd and 3rd respectively in a class full of the top names in show jumping.
“It is great to finish well” Staut said, “I am really pleased with my horse today and I have really enjoyed coming to Shanghai. I hope to return”.

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Published 29-07-2014

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